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The Metropolitan Museum of Art is the largest museum in the Western Hemisphere, one of the most iconic art museums in the world and among New York City’s most visited attractions. Over two million square feet in area, with more than two million works of art, the quantity of art here is second only to the quality of art. From legendary works by Dutch masters like Rembrandt and Van Gogh to vibrant modern art by Pollock and Noguchi, to dazzling displays of jewelry and costumes, and an entire Egyptian temple, the Metropolitan Museum of Art presents a breathtaking and dizzying vista of the world's greatest treasures.

The Egyptian collection covers 4,000 years of history and includes mummies, sarcophagi, and displays of hieroglyphics and jewelry sure to excite kids and Indiana Jones fans. Opened in early 2012, the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s revitalized American Wing (a.k.a. The New American Wing Galleries for Paintings, Sculpture and Decorative Arts) is 30,000 square feet of open, sky lit space showcasing one of the best and most extensive collections of American art in the country. The Asian art collection is internationally known for its collection of Chinese painting and calligraphy; highlights include a print of Hokusai's famous Under the Wave off Kanagawa. Truly, you could spend a week exploring the galleries and corridors of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, but if you have only a day or a few hours, prioritize your time before you begin; research current exhibitions in advance and familiarize yourself with the museum’s floor plan.

Temporary Closure Starting March 13

Why Go?

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The most extraordinary art from all across the globe.

The Metropolitan Museum of Art has a massive collection of bronze, terra cotta, and marble statues in the European Sculpture Court, and you may see art students from one of the many nearby prestigious art schools sitting there sketching those glorious sculptures to practice their craft. This is the wonderful convergence of classical and contemporary art for which the collections at the Met are known. And if that weren’t enough, you can visit the ancient Egyptian Temple of Dendur, which has been relocated brick by brick to the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Save 10% and skip the line with tickets from!

Additional Information

With so much to see, it’s easy to find yourself overwhelmed at the Met. Or worse — after wandering without direction through the massive halls, you may miss out on the pieces you really wanted to see. So it’s a good idea to grab a map before you enter and plot out your visit. If you’re determined to see it all, plan to take a break and eat lunch in one of the Met’s five dining options. 

Food and drinks may not be brought into the museum. Only water in plastic bottles is permitted.
While you’re allowed to take photos in most areas of the Met, using a flash is not permitted. Video cameras are not allowed.

Sketching is permitted, but only with pencils. 
Leave the luggage at home or in your hotel. It’s not permitted in the galleries and cannot be left at the coat check.
The Met provides wheelchairs free of charge, and appointments can be made in advance for a volunteer guide to escort wheelchair users through the museum.
For a small fee, visitors can rent one of the Met’s audio guide players, which has approximately 100 hours of audio commentary about the works of art in the permanent collection and select special exhibitions.
The Met is wheelchair accessible and strollers are permitted in most areas. (Enter at the street-level entrance at Fifth Avenue and 81st Street or the Museum Parking Garage at Fifth Avenue and 80th Street).

The Met
1000 Fifth Ave.
Open 7 Days a Week
Sunday – Thursday: 10:00 AM to 5:30 PM
Friday – Saturday: 10:00 AM to 9:00 PM
Closed Thanksgiving, Christmas Day, New Year’s Day, and the first Monday in May

The Cloisters Museum and Gardens
99 Margaret Corbin Drive Fort Tryon Park
Open 7 Days a Week
March – October: 10:00 AM to 5:15 PM
November – February: 10:00 AM to 4:45 PM
Closed Thanksgiving, Christmas Day, New Year’s Day

The Met Breuer
945 Madison Avenue
Hours of Operation:
Tuesday-Thursday: 10 am-5:30 pm
Friday and Saturday: 10 am-9pm
Sunday: 10 am-5:30 pm
Closed Mondays, Thanksgiving, Christmas Day, New Year’s Day


1000 Fifth Ave.
New York, NY 10028